As you know, I haven't fished in quite a while. Back in the day, at least anyone I knew and fished with, if we were fishing live bait a popular way to rig was to attach a sinker to rest on the bottom, typically a teardrop, and use one, two or three of those store bought fish hooks with the 6" or so of line with a loop on it. This was snapped onto a barrel swivel/snap swivel or two. I don't recall having a name for it. Now what I am seeing is called a drop shot rig and used with artificial lures. You still have a sinker on the bottom, but it is a breakaway design. Good idea. And instead of the hook being on a short leader it is tied directly to the line. Is this the new and improved version of 1980's fishing? Has this always been around? And I won't ask, because this obviously this system works, but I'll say that having the hook tied right to the line seems like your line might get in the way. But apparently that doesn't happen. Or isn't any more a problem than having the hook on a short leader. Can you fish live bait like this, too? The hook right on the line is a new concept to me, but I'd like to know more about it. Maybe either I was never exposed to this, or it's something that had I continued to fish right up to the present I would have graduated over to it.